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15 faith-based predictions for 2012
January 1st, 2012
03:00 PM ET

15 faith-based predictions for 2012

To ring in the New Year, CNN's Belief Blog asked experts in religion, faith leaders, and a secular humanist about how the forces of faith and faithlessness will shape the world in 2012.

Here's what they told us:

1. The Republican Party will tap Mitt Romney as its presidential nominee, and America will finally have its "Mormon moment." As evangelicals try to figure out whether they can support a president who practices Mormonism, the rest of us will try to figure out whether Mormonism is a cult, a form of Christianity, or something in between. Meanwhile, visitors to Marriott hotels will finally crack open some of those nightstand copies of The Book of Mormon.
-Stephen Prothero, Boston University religion professor and regular CNN Belief Blog contributor

2. Despite all of the lessons that could have been learned from Y2K and Harold Camping, people will still rally around the idea that apocalyptic events are on the calendar for 2012. Some will turn to the end-date of the 5125-year-long cycle in the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar (closely associated with the Maya civilization) and a handful of folks believe cataclysmic events are awaiting on December 21, 2012. But the dates with will pass with little fanfare — except for those profiting from the sale of gold coins, generators, and dried food that you'd probably rather want to die than eat.
-Margaret Feinberg, author of "Hungry for God"

3. Continuing revolutions across the Arab world will raise alarming questions about the fate of the remaining Christians in the region, and will put the issue of religious persecution squarely on the political agenda. Sizable Christian populations now survive in only two Arab countries, Egypt and Syria, both of which could soon be under Islamist rule. At a minimum, expect to see inter-faith violence on the ground. In a worst case scenario, Arab Christians could face large scale persecution, forcing millions to seek new homes overseas. Watch too for religious persecution to be an emotive issue in the U.S. presidential race.
- Philip Jenkins, Penn State University professor and author of "Laying Down the Sword: Why We Can't Ignore the Bible's Violent Verses"

4. The year will see an increase in the number of people "coming out" as nonbelievers. Major events like the Reason Rally in March will be a catalyst for more people to publicly declare their secular worldview. The statements of popular celebrities George Takei and Ricky Gervais as atheists in 2011 are just the tip of the iceberg.
–Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association

5. "All-American Muslim" will become a bigger hit than "Jersey Shore" ever was. Obsessed fans worldwide, regardless of gender, will begin rocking sassy colorful hijab (veil) and converting en masse. Tim Tebow will choose to fast in solidarity with Muslim football players and Tebowing will be replaced by Teprostrating. President Obama will jump on the bandwagon and replace VP Joe Biden with Keith Ellison as his running mate, guaranteeing his re-election in a landslide victory in November. Peace will reign on earth and pigs will have a new lease on life.
-Maysoon Zayid, comedian, actress and co-producer of the New York Arab American Comedy Festival

6. There's no question the worldview of most younger Christians already differs from previous generations regarding social justice, cultural engagement and politics. The next issue of probable divergence? The conflict in Israel and Palestine. The American church has largely purported just one theology about the modern state of Israel, but now questions are being asked - especially by younger Christians learning of persecution and human rights issues happening in the region - if the church should have a more active role in peacemaking. Is there a way for the Church to be pro-Israel, pro-Palestine and pro-peace?
–Cameron Strang, publisher of RELEVANT magazine

7. Significant numbers of millennials (young people born in the 1980s and 1990s) will continue to walk away from socially conservative religious traditions. Bringing them back will be tough, especially for religious organizations deeply invested in brick-and-mortar and bureaucracy. Millennials who are facing the erosion of access to affordable, quality education and meaningful employment and who stand to inherit from their elders a great deal of debt and environmental destruction want to know why and how faith matters.
-Joanna Brooks, Mormon author and columnist for Religion Dispatches

8. The year 2012 promises to be a time of great spiritual stirring in our nation. People are seeking both practical and spiritual answers to their problems. As a result, churches and media ministries that answer specific needs will grow in unprecedented numbers. We can expect to see the numbers of mega-churches and super mega-churches continue to grow. Culturally there will be marked return to helping the poor (both domestically and internationally) and political and social engagement by a younger/more racially diverse, evangelical people.
–Harry R. Jackson Jr., senior pastor, Hope Christian Church and president of the High Impact Leadership Coalition

9. Sabbath becomes trendy! Fourth Commandment makes a comeback! Sabbath named Time’s person of the year! A new movement sweeps the country. They call themselves 24/6. Worn out by being tethered to the grid 24/7, sick of being accessible all hours of the day, inundated by updates, upgrades, and breaking news, Americans finally rebel, demanding, “We need a day off.” People all over the country go offline for 24 hours every week. The simple break from the frenetic pace results in lowered cholesterol rates, fewer speeding tickets, and a reduction in marital strife. Peace, tranquility and contentment spread like wildfire.
–Jamie Korngold, rabbi and author of "The God Upgrade"

10. Women in the Middle East and around the world will rally in protest about the woman who was beaten, stomped on and stripped down to her blue bra (under her abaya) during a demonstration in Egypt. Women everywhere who have been oppressed by their religions will rise up, as they have already done in Egypt, to join "The Blue Bra Revolution." We're mad as hell and we're not going to take it anymore.
–Sally Quinn, founder and editor-in-chief of Washington Post's “On Faith”

11.“Occu-pew Church" – a movement away from counterfeit "Church-ianity," cult of personality and religion toward authentic grassroots personal faith, based on living and loving like Jesus. More churches will lose the moat dragon mentality, lower the drawbridge and dispatch members beyond the church service to church SERVICE, applying their faith in the community through volunteerism and outreach. A renewed global emphasis on prayer - especially for peace and reconciliation - as individuals and leaders recognize that personal spiritual peace in one's heart provides the only lasting foundation for physical peace among families, friends, neighbors - even nations
–A. Larry Ross, Christian communications executive representing clients like Billy Graham and Rick Warren

12. Hindu Americans will continue to become better advocates for themselves, particularly in the public policy arena. They will play a larger role in defining the manner in which Hinduism is represented in the media, academia, popular culture, and interfaith dialogue. The acknowledgment of the Hindu roots of yoga will continue to spread with more people seeing the connection. And the Hindu ethos of religious pluralism will take on a more prominent role in nurturing not only tolerance, but respect for and between the world's religions.
–Sheetal Shah, senior director of the Hindu American Foundation

13. In 2012 the lines between the sacred and the profane will get even more blurry: Scientists will religiously maintain their search for the elusive God particle (they won't find it); evangelical sports superhero and Denver Bronco quarterback Tim Tebow will continue to be both an inspiration to the faithful and an object of scorn to skeptics (he will be watching, not playing in, the Super Bowl); at least one well-known religious leader or leading religious politician will be brought down by a sex scandal (let's hope all our leaders have learned a lesson from former Rep. Anthony Weiner and stay away from sexting); and the "nones" - those who don't identify with one religion - will grow even more numerous and find religious meanings in unexpected places (what TV show will become this season's "Lost"?)
–Gary M. Laderman, chairman of Emory University’s religion department and  director of  Religion Dispatches

14. America’s evangelical community will have its hands full addressing both a presidential election and offering a biblical response to “end of days” Mayan prophecies surrounding 2012. With the economy emerging as the primary issue for the November election, America’s born-again community will have an opportunity to contextualize an alternative narrative to the polarizing elements from both the right and the left by reconciling the righteousness message of Billy Graham with the justice platform of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. By offering compassionate, truth-filled solutions and focusing on the message of grace, love, reconciliation and healing, evangelicals will demonstrate that the greatest agenda stems neither from the donkey nor the elephant but rather from the lamb.
- Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference

15. We are seeing the divide between younger generation evangelicals and older generation (baby boom and older) get wider every year both theologically and culturally (lifestyle). 2012 promises to widen the gap even more with Gen X and younger evangelicals having trouble understanding why the traditional lines make sense and/or just outright rejecting those lines.
–Mark Tauber, publisher at HarperOne

- CNN Belief Blog

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soundoff (2,166 Responses)
  1. Kajoto

    80% are Christians and USA is a Christian country..... admitt it atheists and Jews 🙂

    January 1, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
    • Supersticion_Is_Evil

      Spell-check will not kill you. Neither will high school equivalency classes.

      January 1, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
    • Answer

      When your cons-t-i-tution disproves you on the basis of the facts (written on it's declaration) then all your numbers will not matter. Hence your 80% does not matter.

      January 1, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
    • Supersticion_Is_Evil

      80% of the people in the United States are actually robots. No, why should no one believe me aside from the common sense issue? I don't name a source that is an unbiased statistical survey from a respected peer reviewed piece of literature.

      January 1, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
    • right on

      if 80% is christian then why is Obama president?

      January 1, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
    • Don

      wow, 80%, last time I checked it was only like 50% where did the other 30% come from, out of your ass?

      January 1, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
    • JPC

      Well, a majority of Americans happen to be white.

      By the same argument you gave, does that mean that the US is a White nation?

      (Don't laugh; there are actually many people who believe this. You probably wouldn't want to have them as your neighbors.)

      January 1, 2012 at 6:27 pm |
    • bob

      about 80% of all people are complete morons whats your point ?

      January 2, 2012 at 12:08 am |
    • bob

      Also religious people tend to lie/exaggerate example 6 million animals on a wooden boat.

      January 2, 2012 at 12:13 am |
    • MissusPowell

      And they will know we are Christians by our Love....
      ....the HATE and FEAR I read and hear so much of by people who think they have it RIGHT, the right God, the right skin color, the right country, the right religion, even ther right definitions, the right science, the right proof, all the while telling all others they have it WRONG is the scariest stuff on this planet Earth. So-called Christians who display any of the above shame and distance themselves from the teachings of Jesus and everytime I read it the words from a hymn, above, come to
      mind...
      THEY WILL KNOW WE ARE CHRISTIANS BY OUR LOVE!

      January 2, 2012 at 5:04 am |
    • MissusPowell

      I'll say it again, then...They will know we are Christians by our Love....
      ....the HATE and FEAR I read and hear so much of by people who think they have it RIGHT, the right God, the right skin color, the right country, the right religion, even ther right definitions, the right science, the right proof, all the while telling all others they have it WRONG is the scariest stuff on this planet Earth. So-called Christians who display any of the above shame and distance themselves from the teachings of Jesus and everytime I read it the words from a hymn, above, come to
      mind...
      THEY WILL KNOW WE ARE CHRISTIANS BY OUR LOVE!

      January 2, 2012 at 5:19 am |
    • RAWoD

      What part of the separation of church and state don't you get? These United States are secular - yet still let people "believe" in whatever they want. You obviously want to believe that this is a christian nation. You are wrong.

      January 2, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
    • Hammer Of The Gods

      My cousin is a christian.
      He smokes, drinks, swears and cheats on his wife.
      S whats your point ?

      January 2, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
    • BNB42

      A lie is a lie no matter how many people believe it...
      The truth is the truth no matter how few believe it....

      January 2, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  2. Bill the Science Guy

    No. 4 discusses the Reason Rally in March 2012. If people use reason, they will have to conclude that human free will requires a spiritual soul. If on the other hand, people claim that they do not have free will, then they are robots. They would not be "free thinkers" as some atheists claim. Science cannot logically use causes and correlations (which is what science uses) to explain free will (which by definition is the ability to make choices that are NOT based on causes and correlations). The above is described in more detail in the book The Science of the Soul which contains the written statements of many prominent scientists who confirm the above logic including Stephen Hawkings, Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin, Erwin Schrodinger, William Provine and others. The atheist Richard Dawkins claims "what do you think you are if not a robot?"

    January 1, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
    • Supersticion_Is_Evil

      That is an astonishingly bad argument based on a chain nonsensical conditionals. According to your reasoning if a person states that he does not have a cream filling, then he must be a donut and not a twinky.

      January 1, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
    • bonobo

      People are animals with a little better reasoning ability and memory, which doesn't alwasy serve them well, unfortunately. On the other hand, who cares? It's all about the survival of the gene pool.

      January 1, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
    • Bill the Science Guy

      By definition, a robot does not have free will. It operates based on how it is built and programmed. This is logical and many scientists, as described in the original post, agree. I feel I am in good logical company with Hawking, Einstein, Schrodinger, and the many others quoted in the book The Science of the Soul.

      January 1, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
    • Supersticion_Is_Evil

      Bill the Pseudoscience Guy, you hit the nail right on the head. You "feel" you are logical. Just like you may feel you are a pink elephant after a few too many beers after the Superbowl.

      January 1, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
    • Relictus

      Nothing offends more than the appeal of the religious to science. Free will is due to perfectly explainable chemical and biological processes. An undergraduate cognitive psychology course – plus a course in the Humanities – could clear up your ignorant confusion.

      January 2, 2012 at 11:57 am |
  3. Glouchester

    Where do you guys at CNN come up with these goofball "experts?"

    January 1, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
    • Answer

      Religious idiots are a dime-a-dozen.

      January 1, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
    • bob

      finally a post that is true

      January 2, 2012 at 12:12 am |
    • MissusPowell

      What do you believe? Who taught you? It is good to read and learn and see how others think...you don't have to believe everything you read or hear or even see...but you can consider it, if you are willing. If you aren't willing, why are you reading
      and writing about it? Why do you care? It is sooooo easy to criticize others, easiest thing to do...but where does it get you?
      If you are so very secure and sure of your own beliefs you wouldn't be here at all. You are seeking just like all human beings
      are seeking and those that think they are right, and truly believe it, do not need to prove others wrong to prove they are right to themselves.

      January 2, 2012 at 5:49 am |
    • Mirosal

      Don't forget the sales tax on that dime!!! Since the idiots are religious, would that dime also be tax-exempt? 🙂

      January 2, 2012 at 5:54 am |
  4. Supersticion_Is_Evil

    Can we just get rid of this belief blog? I get a little tired of an ancient organization with a history of molesting children and setting people on fire trying to claim moral authority over a civilization that it threatens with annihilation.

    January 1, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
    • CT

      Are you not capable of simply not reading it?

      January 1, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
    • Supersticion_Is_Evil

      Are you capable of being intelligent?

      January 1, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
    • Person

      So you come here to complain? Get real.

      January 1, 2012 at 10:05 pm |
    • MissusPowell

      Yes...so you come here and read and write for what reasons...to prove you are RIGHT...to find someone else to prove to you
      are RIGHT...because you might be WRONG....an old friend of mine said it is interesting that with only one letter switched around within the word SCARED changes it completely to SACRED...think about it, I think that is one reason you might be here.

      January 2, 2012 at 5:13 am |
  5. Shan

    AMERICA IS A CHRISTIAN COUNTRY..... WHOEVER DISAGREE MOVE OUT!

    January 1, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
    • yoko-ono

      Here are some more caps for you: F OFF

      January 1, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
    • Supersticion_Is_Evil

      America is a purple unicorn, whoever disagrees fly away into the rainbows. Wow, the educational system has failed.

      January 1, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
    • Answer

      Screaming means that you have already lost your position. Screaming that it is a xtian country means that it never was.
      How ever loud you scream it it simply means that you're begging your country to be a xtian country because losers like yourselves can't stand it as 'not being one'.

      January 1, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
    • Tom

      WRONG Shan. America is a nation of Christians. Big difference.. Pray on it.

      January 1, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
    • desjardins

      And where 300 millions will go ??

      January 1, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
    • Supersticion_Is_Evil

      So, Tom, I take it you are advocating the theft of all property of non-Christians and their forced exile from the United States of America? Or do you advocate that all non-Christians simply be taken to concentration camps? This is not a rhetorical question. Please answer.

      January 1, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
    • right on

      the secular are rising up again and this next election will prove we do NOT want to be know as a christian nation. I for one don't nor do most of my friends. I stopped believing in fairy tales as a child.

      January 1, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
    • Kev

      It's because of people like you atheists despise religion. Ignorant, Arrogant . America was founded on the freedom of religion.

      January 1, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
    • MissusPowell

      America has as it's mainstay FREEDOM OF RELIGION, ie: freedom to believe and worship as we believe, or not to. It does not tell Americans to leave if they don't believe ONE WAY.

      January 2, 2012 at 5:56 am |
    • Relictus

      Our founding fathers declared that America is a secular nation.

      January 2, 2012 at 11:59 am |
    • Grog Says

      If only we could go back to the days when we tossed them to the lions.
      Oh well.

      January 2, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
  6. Clovis

    I predict that Christopher Hitchesn will finally settle the question of the existence of God, and a realm beyond the scientifically observable – at least in his own mind.

    January 1, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
    • bonobo

      He already settled it, the day before he died!

      January 1, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
    • Ed

      You know he died recently, right?

      January 1, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  7. toadears

    Liars for Jesus

    January 1, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  8. Josh

    What a bunch of crap this is. CNN, stick to reporting fact-based News and leave the mythology for someone else.

    January 1, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
    • Grog Says

      Hey Josh, CNN should appologize for holding a gun to your
      head, and making you read this.

      January 2, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
  9. total nonsense

    Religion = mental illness PERIOD.

    January 1, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  10. bonobo

    The less intelligent among us, the religious followers will simply continue their demise. The church leaders will finally acknowledge that their pious position won't protect them from prosecution for child molestation and seek jobs elsewhere, probably the government, where such deeds are still protected.

    January 1, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  11. Balderdash

    Other faith-based predictions/assertions:

    world will end last May

    a virgin female gave birth to a live boy

    a man walked on water and rose from dead

    a statue in Latin America cures human diseases

    we will repeatedly be reincarnated

    world will end in 2012

    a man in Rome can speak on numerous human conundrums and never err...

    Do you spot a trend yet?

    January 1, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
    • fredd

      You can't prove that humans and animals will be repeatedly reincarnated ,wrong because you have to die and come back to life. P.S.You only get reincarnated for100,000 lives

      January 1, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
    • Answer

      "world will end in 2012"

      If they get that wrong they will try it again next year and after that 'the year after' ...etc.

      January 1, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
    • right on

      love it, it is all the fairly tale beliefs in one

      January 1, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  12. Tom Hanna

    I'm beginning to understand why CNN has taken such a big dip in the polls. I use to have CNN as my homepage, but since you've introduced the belief page, my impression of it is you now have lowered your viewers personal beliefs as "news". I don't think religion is news. It is simply something that you either believe in or don't believe in. I repeat, it is not news. It's a belief in something on a much higher level.

    January 1, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
    • yoko-ono

      Well put and spot on!

      January 1, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
    • bonobo

      CNN's attempt at humor at the expense of religofreaks is totally understandable and fully justified!

      January 1, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
    • Jamie K

      People's definition of "news" varies widely and everyone has an opinion. Religion is an extremely important topic of interest to millions of people worldwide. While I am not an overly religious person, I do enjoy learning about others' beliefs, where they are coming from, and what they're doing in the name of their religions. So many things happen worldwide in the name of religion. It's important to know what is going on and what people believe so you can follow world events properly and make informed decisions if you're in a position to make decisions. It's that simple.

      January 1, 2012 at 7:32 pm |
    • Grog Says

      So Tom is now going to decide what is news, and what is not ?
      How kind of you Tom.
      Now listen Tom, if you dont like the story, dont read it.
      You dont need to share your six year old attutude,
      just S T F U .
      Thank You.

      January 2, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
  13. mary

    Amazing how many truly nasty and unkind comments are coming from the non believers towards the believers.. And they sum it all up with how being religious "makes" you a nasty person..~!?
    Really?
    From what I read , I would assume a nasty person is just simply a 'nasty person'~!..NO matter if they believe or dis believe.. ~!!
    I think the proof is written here on this wall....

    January 1, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
    • maestro

      Chill out. No one on this board has stated that religion makes anyone nasty. Just that it is a pointless waste of time. Enjoy reading your tea leaves... they are just as useful as your scriptures for predictive powers.

      January 1, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
    • Kev

      False, look at all the religious comments. These are some of the comments these so called christians say "GET OUT OF AMERICA , IF YOUR NOT CHRISTIAN' GOD WILL SEND YOU TO HEL* IF YOU DONT FIND JESUS" do you think that we want to be a part of these sociopaths that obviously don't even respect our civil liberties?

      January 1, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      maestro, you posted your babble of "Chill out. No one on this board has stated that religion makes anyone nasty. Just that it is a pointless waste of time. Enjoy reading your tea leaves... they are just as useful as your scriptures for predictive powers."

      Answer: You and the other atheists keep proving Jesus' truth as written in Matthew 24:7, Mark 13:8, Luk21:9-11, Amos 8:11.

      You're too easy. Go back to your atheists blogs and come up with new ammo so we can prove Jesus wrote the answers about your new junk thousands of years ago.

      Amen.

      January 1, 2012 at 8:00 pm |
    • Relictus

      Religious people vote against my civil liberties and the proper education of children. For the sake of my rights, an d the rights of children, I have to oppose religious agendas.

      January 2, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
    • TheyNotHim

      @HeavenSent

      Please prove that Jesus actually existed. Please use a primary source. No, the bible is not a primary source as nobody writing in that work actually even met a man by that name in person. Even the Romans, sticklers for details and record keeping, did not record his birth, activities, transgressions, or death.

      I am searching for the truth. I want to believe. Help me answer this one minor question.

      Still waiting...

      January 2, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
    • BNB42

      Hevensent:
      This posting is the one true religion....

      I know it to be true because it says so right here in this posting.

      January 2, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
  14. Nemo

    Generation X and Y will progress to degrade into atheistic heathens where all forms of morality are based upon the situation at hand. There will be no right. There will be no wrong. Our society will be both immoral and amoral at the same time. With such a system of thought running our society we will crumble and fall like the ancient Romans. I still want my bread. And the last I checked our stadiums are based on the Roman coliseum. I also want free tickets to the football games. Just give me my bread and the circus and I'm happy. 😉

    January 1, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
    • Adam

      Heathens? Your a joke

      January 1, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
    • Bill

      Right and wrong only exist within the context of one another, and not as value judgements, but rather as an example of opposites. If something is deemed right, then the opposite of that thing is "wrong". Morals and ethics change over the years, and with them, "right" and "wrong".

      Oh... and "heathens"? Get real...

      January 1, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Adam, if you don't want to be called a heathen, how about pagan? If not pagan, how about fool. Pick your poison.

      Amen.

      January 1, 2012 at 8:01 pm |
  15. CNNisbad

    CNN gets worse every year

    January 1, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
    • CT

      Yet you continue taking the time to read and POST COMMENTS here. I guess your life is pretty bad since you have nothing better to do.

      January 1, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
    • Zee

      It's like a bad car wreck. You can't help looking.

      January 2, 2012 at 11:57 am |
  16. Johnny Five

    15 paragraphs of nuttiness & nonsense

    January 1, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
    • jesduke1102

      not totally true. some of them are hog wash but 3,4,7,10 have a realistic chance of happening.

      January 1, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
    • yoko-ono

      100% agree

      January 1, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
  17. pulsars

    Churches are concerned that younger people are turning away from religion only because there will be less money in the collection plates in the future – the church leaders and staff won't be able to buy big luxury homes and cars like before. Go out and get real jobs and quit preaching and spreading a bunch of baloney!

    January 1, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      I was praying you atheists wouldn't stay as carnally minded as 2011.

      Amen.

      January 1, 2012 at 8:04 pm |
  18. JP

    I have faith that all of this is total BS!

    January 1, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
  19. Memester

    It's 2012 and we're still predicting stuff as if we have some magical or super natural ability to do that! Jesus!

    January 1, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  20. Clovis

    Interesting that with 70 million adherents in America – by FAR the largest religious denomination in our country, CNN could not find a single Catholic to make a prognostication. Curious

    January 1, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
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